"And you shall be My witnesses--in Judaea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth." Acts 1:7
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On Wednesday September 6th, the Category 5 Irma, packing winds of 185 mph, tore through the northern Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico. PDA has been in constant communication with communities in its path, including the leadership of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and the Presbyteries of San Juan, Noroeste (Northwest) and Suroeste (Southwest). PDA is also in touch with the Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network (FLAPDAN), which is a mutually agreed upon partnership between six presbyteries in Florida. This is a unique platform in which PDA can relate to all six presbyteries at once for disaster situational awareness.
Outreach for World Hope – Guatemala: FPC continues its ten-year relationship with Outreach for World Hope, a Vernoa-based ministry that focuses on child nutrition. More than 150 FPC members have traveled with OWH, and more than 50 families in our congreagation sponsor malnourished children through their program. Join the January 2018 mission trip to Jocotan, Guatemale. FPC has 20 spots reserved on this trip, and financial assistance is offered to those in need. Travel dates: Thursday, January 11 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The trip cost is $1600/person (of which $800 per person is supported through the FPC Mission Team; your cost is $800 per person). Contact Tryg Knutson or the church office (608) 849-4625 for more information.
This is a short-term mission trip, which means this is a great opportunity for ANYBODY in our congregation to get up and out of the pews to travel, learn about the work of OWH in Guatemala, and serve others in the name of Christ.
What happens on a typical trip? A medical clinic and distribution are held two of the three days, which provides opportunities to help malnourished children/families and bless them with basic items. We have started distributing water filters to each family; these help to eliminate the pervasive parasite/worms issue that contributes greatly to malnutrition. We also plant vegetable gardens and avocado/orange/lime trees to help idenitified-families with their nutritional needs. Installation of fuel-efficient stoves is another life-saving activity that we do to aid open-fire cook stoves inside their homes.
There are activities for many different interests, including the organizational activities of the donated items we bring along to bless the people of Guatemala, plus so many others for all participants. If you sponsor a child, you'll have an opportunity to meet your child and family in person as they participate in their monthly food distribution. Sponsorships are available through our partner Outreach for World Hope.
Haiti Allies, SPARE a Child Program: In Haiti, the number of children able to enroll in secondary school is very low, with even fewer students actually graduating. First Presbyterian Church supports a student at the Cite Soleil Community School through the Sponsorship Program Aiding Relationships and Education (SPARE) program. Our sponsored student, Leonce Valcourt, writes to us with updates on his schooling and life.
FPC supports Pastor Kirk Morlegde as he extends the ministry, mission, and outreach of FPC by serving as a Chaplain in the United States Naval Reserve providing a ministry of presence, counsel, and compassion to the young men and women who serve our country in uniform. As a Chaplain on reserve, Pastor Kirk is subject to mobilization for active service upon order of the President of the United States and/or the United States Congress.